If someone paid a bill in my name without my consent, do I owe them repayment?

UPDATED: Jan 2, 2012

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If someone paid a bill in my name without my consent, do I owe them repayment?

I recently purchased a car and the dealership made the first payment to the creditor without me authorizing or even knowing they did so. Two months after making the payment they are contacting me demanding I pay them. The agreement for repayment is between myself and the creditor, not the dealership. Do I owe them this money even though I didn’t ask for them to pay it?

Asked on January 2, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Colorado


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

From what you have written, if the dealership mistakenly made payments on your behalf to the lender (creditor) then in all likelihood you owe the delaership the mistaken payments.

However, to prevent any future complications concerning how the repayment issue is to be allocated between the three parties involved in the transaction, you should have a written agreement setting forth the terms of the repayment signed by you, the lender and the car dealership's representative.

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